How to Care for Wood Furniture

If you are fortunate enough to have some beautiful wood furniture in your home, it is important that you learn how to take care of it. This will allow you to keep your wood furniture looking great for many years to come. When you opt for teak furniture like this one, the time and effort you put into taking care of it will pay large dividends down the road. Let’s take a look at some of the basic things you will need to do to preserve the beauty of your wood furniture for future generations to enjoy:

1. Dusting

You should always dust your wood furniture an a regular basis. While it may be a boring activity, you will be removing airborne deposits that have a tendency to accumulate into a layer of film on the furniture that could potentially cause scratches on the surface of the wood if it is ignored. It is important that you use the proper tools for dusting. The most effective tools when it comes to removing dust are dusters made from ostrich feathers and soft cloths. If you are going to be using a cloth to do your dusting, make sure the cloth is slightly damp before you get started. This will prevent the dust from flying up into the air, where it will eventually fall back down and land on the surface of your furniture. Once you are finished with your dusting, use a terry towel to absorb all of the moisture left behind by the damp cloth.

2. Cleaning

Under no circumstances should you ever use an all-purpose cleaning spray on your furniture. The one exception to this rule would be if your furniture is equipped with a plastic coating. This type of coating is often found on children’s furniture and kitchen tables. Water should also not be used in your cleaning activities. However, slightly dampening a cloth is fine if you remove the moisture later. If you come across areas that are sticky and stubborn to remove, it may be necessary to use water and soap to remove them. Dissolve some detergent or soap in some water and dip a cloth into it. After wringing the excess water out of the cloth, wipe the dirty spot. You should then rinse and dry the area right away.

3. Oils

Furniture oils, cleaners and oil polishes help to keep wood furniture protected by making its surface slippery. It should be noted that fingerprints will easily show up on your furniture if you use a product with a large percentage of oil. Pure olive oil should not be used because it can attract dust and smear. The majority of commercially produced liquid and spray furniture polishes have silicone oil in them. While they will protect you furniture to some extent, you should know that the residue from these polishes can become problematic if you want to refinish the piece of furniture.

4. Wax

Wax is a good way to protect your wood furniture because it lasts a long time and it provides a hard finish. Additionally, it has greater durability than polishes or sprays and it does not smear. You should use a liquid or paste wax that is meant to be used on furniture. It is realistic to expect a paste wax finish to last as long as two years, depending on how often the furniture is used. Application of liquid wax is easier than paste, but the coating will not be as thick. Also, it will require reapplication more often.

Additionally, people in the antique industry recommend using a mixture consisting of equal parts strained lemon juice, gum turpentine, denatured alcohol and olive oil. This mixture should be applied with a soft cloth and buffed with a different cloth.